Hotel Villa Taina
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A stay at Hotel Villa Taina places you in the heart of Cabarete and within the vicinity of Encuentro Beach. This beach hotel is within the region of Mundo King Art Museum and Sosua Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 61 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and DVD players. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Bathrooms have showers and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax and unwind with massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and wedding services.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s beachfront restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar and dine alfresco (weather permitting). Or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
The location was perfect! The hotel is located in the city center on a main street. There are shops and restaurants surrounding it. You have the choice of eating in the restaurant which is on the beach with marvelous views or eating from the restaurants on the street. It's EXTREMELY economical to eat on the main street. We mostly did the buffet breakfast which is mostly continental but it was good. The food was good and I would recommend eating there for your stay if you didn't want to eat outside of the hotel.
The hotel was nice and I really liked that it wasn't a large establishment (only 61 rooms). Due to the size the walk to the beach is merely feet away. I would suggest when making your reservation to request beach front so that you do not have the noise of the street. It's not super modern but it's modern enough. The exterior is a Mediterranean/Spanish design. The staff was always friendly and our rooms were always cleaned. A HUGE plus was that they provided face/washcloths. My previous stay in DR and from others that I know have stayed in DR wash cloths were not provided and most of the staff had no clue of what we were requesting. The pool was never crowded and there was always a chair available on the beach. We were told that the tents/umbrellas were included in our rate; however were told by the beach staff there was an additional charge. No big deal there were enough large palm trees for shade. The hotel has free-WiFi and we had a signal all the way on the beach.
Not so much of a dislike but an FYI - the hotel does not have elevators. There are 4 levels with the upper level being the penthouse suites. It's not listed on the description but I think is good information to know for a person that my have difficulty going up and down stairs.
The mattresses aren't that comfortable and slept like boards. They should really invest in upgrading. The main con we had is that by the third day there was what we thought was condensation on the floor from the mini fridge. Maintenance came in our room within minutes of our call and advised the AC was not working and they were working to fix. However; it was not fixed by our check out date 2 days later.
It was hit and miss. We will not return. We've been to various locations within the Caribbean and this was our least favorite. Don't drink the water, don't eat the ice. We did not choose this vacation, as previously stated, we were attending a destination wedding. Working with the hotel to reserve the rooms. Eh. I really wanted a king size bed. Not sure where the confusion was, didn't happen. Hotel was supposed to have arranged a ride for us, pick-up at the airport, bring us to hotel. NEVER happened. Never received a reason why it didn't happen either. Never heard mention of transportation back to the airport either.... We arranged for it ourselves. Anyway, thank the good lord above we had my husbands aunt (brides grandmother - this was told to the hotel, too) with us and she speaks fluent Spanish. Otherwise, I am afraid we would still be at the airport, waiting for the transfer. Speaking of fluent Spanish. At check-in the front desk person was rude and had the nerve to question where our aunt learned to speak Spanish (she was born and raised in Ecuador, by the way) I am pretty sure, again, that if our aunt wasn't with us, had we actually made it to the hotel, not sure we would have made it through check-in. After the front desk person realized that our aunt spoke Spanish (even if she didn't care for how she spoke it) not another word was said in English. All check-in information was then stated to our aunt to translate to us. These were separate reservations mind you. Our aunt was travelling with us for a few reasons: 1. She was recently widowed. 2. She is the brides grandmother, but lives closest to us out of all the people attending. 3. She is in her 70's. All of these thing combined, she didn't want to travel alone. All of this taken into consideration I feel it was inappropriate for the front desk person to use our aunt as a translator. As it was not our aunts responsibility to tell us everything pertaining to our check-in. Additionally, I provided ALL details including our flight information, per the hotels request and because of them supposedly setting up the transfer from the airport. Yet when we did arrive the front desk person couldn't figure out who we were. The room, aside from the smaller than requested bed, was fine. We ate all meals at the restaurant on site. Others in party ventured off site and many complained of not feeling well after. We ate and drank freely AT THIS LOCATION because we knew that they ship in the ice and all of the water was Dasani bottled water, which you purchase. I am pretty sure that the kitchen is also using bottled water when they are preparing the food. This is important! The panhandlers are relentless. I have never experienced it to that degree previously elsewhere in our Caribbean travels. Our room included the breakfast buffet. I enjoyed it. Limited choices but that didn't affect any of the people in the group we were travelling with. Lunch and dinner were on us (again did not leave our hotel) and everything we ate was fine. The wait staff at the restaurant (later in the day) were awesome! Really great people with wonderful personalities. I can't say the same for the bar staff (or the front desk person). I believe had everyone here had the wait staff's attitude this would have helped make the trip more enjoyable. The housekeeping was fine, no problems there. The safe in the room was too small to really put any of our larger valuables in e.g. laptop, camera. So it was basically like not having a safe. Everything was accounted for, so I am happy about that. We stayed for about a week. The ocean. Ok, so this is not the destination for you if you are a beach bum and want to enjoy the Caribbean. The beach/ocean area was filled with all sort of people doing activities related to the wind. This place is windy! The beaches in Jamaica and Barbados were much more suitable for someone looking to enjoy the ocean without needing additional equipment e.g. surfboard, windboard, etc. I also was eaten alive by bugs. It is now the end of June when I am writing this review and I still have scars on my legs from the ridiculous bug bites. Be sure to pack bug spray. We did briefly venture off the hotel grounds in search of sunglasses as my dear husband accidentally broke his. I would not recommend a lone female, especially if you are not fluent in Spanish, to do this. My husband came with me and our aunt and together all three of us were fine. Caribbean in the winter (when currently living in the northeast) what's not to love. I came home with a tan in March. But, there are much better destinations, in my opinion, for enjoying the Caribbean.
most of my issue is with hotel.com showing a rate of 75 which jumped to 110 no breakfast included, I left before easter, not sure why such a high rate, one reason I stayed here was for the yoga but it was not daily due to it not being season, yet the front desk told me to check the board for time and it said daily and I stupidly was only one to show up for the non existant class, it would be nice if they served drinks on the beach while your in a chair but you got to get it your self, hotel was clean but not worth the price as I was off season leaving before easter and rates in the area, for over 100 id expect more, the bed and pillow very hard and uncomfortable food was just ok , preferred eating elsewhere , also the sup trip was less than 2 hours and not worth it at all